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Jess Gillam with... Segun Akinola

Jess and Segun share orchestral music by Holst and Stravinsky, Ravel for string quartet and Snarky Puppy.

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the TV and film composer Segun Akinola.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess is joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the composer Segun Akinola, whose credits include the latest series of BBC One's Doctor Who. Their choices include music from The Planets by Holst and Stravinsky's Firebird suite, Ravel's string quartet, and tracks by Snarky Puppy and Spiritualized.

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29 minutes

Music Played

  • Darius Milhaud

    Scaramouche - suite, arr. for saxophone/clarinet & orch.....: Brazileira

    Performer: Jess Gillam. Performer: Andee Birkett. Performer: Zeynep Özsuca Rattle. Ensemble: Tippett Quartet.
    • Decca Classics.
  • Segun Akinola

    Sonic Screwdriver

    Performer: Segun Akinola.
    • Doctor Who: Series 11.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 6.
  • Gustav Holst

    Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets, Op 32)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Holst: The Planets; Asteroids.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • Spiritualized

    Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (A Cappella)

    • Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space.
    • Dedicated.
    • 1.
  • Maurice Ravel

    String Quartet in F major (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • Ravel, Debussy & Fauré String Quartets.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 2.
  • Snarky Puppy


    • We Like It Here.
    • Ropeadope Records.
  • Cristóbal de Morales

    Parce mihi Domine

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Performer: Jan Garbarek.
    • ECM.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Adams: The Shaker Loops/The Wound Dresser: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Alsop.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Wings

    Live And Let Die

    • Apple Records.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Firebird Suite - Finale

    Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • Telarc.


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